Since 1968, Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) has been working on Empowering Women in Science through Education, Employment and Recognition. RASIT’s work focused on sustainable development programs in education,science, economy, environment and gender equality as well as the support of the marginalized and most vulnerable. Through its scholarship program, RASIT served and well prepared more than 10,500 female students from developing countries, and established the First International League for Women in Science in 1998.Further, in 2015, RASIT brought an international recognition for women and girls in science, and turned a dream into reality. In fact, in 2015, RASIT started writing the future’s history for Women and Girls in Science.
The idea for an International Day of Women and Girls in Science was generated during the first High-Level World Women’s Health and Development Forum organized by RASIT and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and it was held on 10-11 February 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters, with the participation of government, Ministers and representatives, UNESCO, UN-Women, WHO, UNRWA, UNICEF, UNFPA, Every Woman Every Child Initiative, etc.
In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Aims of this celebration
• To spread the background of ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’
• To join the international community worldwide in celebrating the biggest day for women and girls in science.
• To make public awareness (Schools & Youth; Companies & Organizations; Universities & Institutions; Communities & Cities) about Women in Science
• To learn about the role of Women in Science in Sustainable Development
• To mobilize your networks! Message your friends about the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
• To promote female participation in Science & Technology professions.
• To increase the number of membership of women in science related organization e.g., OWSD